The 13th Annual Greeley Blues Jam, scheduled for June 9th and 10th, will bring 7 of the nation’s best award winning blues artists to the Island Grove Arena and Downtown Greeley. This popular festival embraces all the qualities of a great summer music event--- sitting on the fresh sod in the arena, dancing under the stars on the downtown plaza, and continuous music from three stages to provide listening enjoyment for everyone. Even better, you can bring your camper or tent to Island Grove Park, camp just steps away from the party on Saturday, and pick up a free shuttle to the music in Historic Downtown Greeley on Friday.
The Greeley Blues Jam kicks off in Historic Downtown Greeley Friday, June 9th at 4pm, with live music outside on the 9th Street Plaza from 5:30 - 9 p.m., followed by 18 venues hosting great blues until 12am…and it’s all FREE. Experience Greeley’s own “Beale Street” with Go-Cup service available from 5 to 10 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday’s festival are only $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Camping tickets are available in advance at the Greeley Independence Stampede Box Office. For more information and ticket outlets go to greeleybluesjam.com or call 800-449-3866. The festival is presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce with the support of many area businesses including The Greeley Tribune, High Country Beverage/Coors Light, KUNC, 105.5 FM, iHeart Radio, Banner Health, Ehrlich Toyota, Power Services Company of Colorado and Now or Never Trucking.
Headlining this year’s festival is Walter Trout. His career began on the Jersey coast scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Walter then relocated to Los Angeles where he became a sideman for Percy Mayfield and Deacon Jones as well as working in John Lee Hooker’s and Joe Tex’s bands. In June 2013, while touring Germany, Trout began experiencing symptoms from cirrhosis of the liver. With his heath deteriorating, he continued to tour until he was told he needed a liver transplant. Supported by donations from fans, his wife raised enough money needed for the operation. By 2015, Trout had recovered and was able to go on tour in Europe. His 2015 album, Battle Scars, chronicles his battle with liver failure. Over the decades, Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a three-time winner of the Overseas Artist of The Year title at the British Blues Awards and a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. Walter Trout’s six-string prowess also earned him the #6 slot in BBC Radio 1’s Top 20 Guitarist listeners’ poll.
Samantha Fish - Kansas City-based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on Ruf’s 2011 release, Girls with Guitars, and fueled by the trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S., creating an international buzz in the blues world. It hasn’t been that long since a teenaged Samantha first started showing up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit. By the age of 18, Samantha had settled on a searing lead guitar style that expressed her own voice rather than mimicking clichéd blues licks note-for-note.
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials- In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”
Rounding out the national acts are Honey Island Swamp Band from New Orleans, Southern Avenue Band from Memphis and Guy Forsyth Band from Austin. Powerful soul singer Josh Hoyer, recently featured on The Voice, returns to Greeley to headline the Friday night party in Downtown.
In addition, some of Colorado’s most beloved bands including My Blue Sky, Erica Brown with the Movers & Shakers Band, Greeley’s own The Burroughs, Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene, and the Grace Kuch Band perform Saturday as well as many blues favorites playing on the Blues 101 stage where kids “of all ages” can learn to play harmonica and hear up and coming blues performers.
For additional information and schedules, go to greeleybluesjam.com.
Artist photos and contact information:
Walter Trout: waltertrout.com/press
Samantha Fish: samanthafish.com/
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials: intrepidartists.com/liled.html
Honey Island Swamp Band: epk.theorchard.com/en/epk/presskit/published/8456
Southern Avenue: southernavenueband.com/epk
Guy Forsyth Band: bmatours.com/artist/guy-forsyth
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal: joshhoyer.com/